This Week in the News…

Posted: July 21, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, July 14, Chronicle of Higher Education

D.C. Students Are No Longer ‘Out of State’ Everywhere

“Geographically speaking, residents of the nation’s capital are within close range of all kinds of public colleges. Students from the District of Columbia can take public transportation to reach the University of Maryland’s flagship campus at College Park or Virginia’s highly regarded George Mason University. Northern Virginia Community College, also gaining in prominence, can be reached in less than an hour. And the University of Virginia, often ranked as one of the country’s top public institutions, is only a few hours’ drive away…. Marcelle Heerschap, dean of admissions, says the institution this year received twice as many applicants from D.C. as it did last year, thanks in part to the new aid.”

Saturday, July 15, National Journal

Transportation: Giants on Land and in the Air

“But others aren’t so worried about the idea of a Big Three dominating air travel. Kenneth J. Button, an economist at George Mason University, notes that the major carriers have created regional monopolies by concentrating their business at hub airports. Northwest has a chokehold on Minneapolis and Detroit, American dominates much of the Southwest region, and Delta controls the Southeast, while United has a large presence in Chicago and Denver. The Big Three, Button argues, would actually provide more competition because the three colossal airlines would be competing against one another across the entire United States, instead of staking claims to regional territories.”

Sunday, July 16, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

TV’s Scapegoats: Depictions of Violent, Erratic Behavior Warp Perceptions of the Mentally Ill

“I’ll admit that we don’t know as well as we should,’ says Dr. Otto Wahl, a professor of psychology at Virginia’s George Mason University and the author of Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness. ‘But we do know that television influences people’s conceptions of reality, and we do know that those who believe in what they see can’t help but see the world as a more dangerous place…. It’s easy to dismiss that people are overly sensitive, but when you have people with mental illness as killers all the time, it becomes the model,’ says Wahl. ‘It’s the same thing African-Americans and gays and lesbians have complained about for years. It affects how people view you without even knowing you. That’s why this needs to change.'”

Thursday, July 20, Newsday

If TV Reality Is Relative, Is the Fame Real?

“Andy Warhol didn’t get it quite right. It’s not that everyone will be famous for 15 minutes; it’s that everyone will be embarrassed for 15 minutes. Economist Tyler Cowen thinks it’s great. ‘The fame market,’ he says, ‘allows other markets to work more smoothly.’ By Cowen’s dollars-and-cents reckoning, notoriety and public humiliation are simply varieties of fame, so the larger the number of people getting their quarter-hour in the spotlight, the larger the economy…. Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., lays out the sunny side of people’s dark side in his new book, What Price Fame? As he puts it, ‘The quest for fame calls forth a vast and diverse array of skillful performances in culture, business, science, and many other areas, all achieved at relatively low cost.’ The result: a star turn for the economy.”

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